April 11, St. Stanislaus
The Lord hears the cry of the poor. — Psalm 34:7
Mass Readings: Acts 5:27-33/John 3:31-36
The Price of Speaking Out
There’s much in today’s readings, and in the life of the saint whose feast we celebrate, to remind Catholics about the dangers of proclaiming the Faith. In the first reading, the disciples are hauled for the second time before the Sanhedrin, which will soon debate the usefulness of killing them. In the Gospel, we encounter John the Baptist, pursuing the preaching that will lead to his death. Like John, St. Stanislaus (1030-1079) was murdered for criticizing his king. Stanislaus was struck down during Mass (like St. Thomas Becket a century later and, in my lifetime, Servant of God Archbishop Oscar Romero).
None of these evangelizers was surprised by persecution or death. They knew the price of speaking out. But with their hearts fixed on the Truth, they understood that the price of silence was greater.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, give me the courage to speak the truth.
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